The patient's arteries had a rare anomaly. At least that's what her conventional angiogram showed. The patient faced risky surgery to re-implant a coronary artery. Without surgery she was at risk of sudden death. Or so doctors thought.

Enter advanced imaging technology. Using the new 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner at Fairfield Mercy Hospital, doctors found the coronary artery in question actually took a different course than indicated by the conventional angiogram. Surgery wasn't needed after all. "This prompted happy tears and a big hug when I reviewed the images with her," recalls Dr. Bradford Woodall, chief radiologist.

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